Alvirne football posts fifth straight win

HUDSON – Friday night’s Division II game between the Alvirne and John Stark of Weare high school football teams was a tale of two teams going in vastly different directions.

And after the Broncos’ 34-7 victory – the fifth straight for Alvirne (6-1) – the dichotomy continued resoundingly. John Stark lost its sixth straight and fell to 1-6.

On Senior Night, a slew of seniors stepped to the fore, led by captain and quarterback Kyle Gora. Gora completed 12 of 24 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns as the Broncos edged closer to a playoff berth.

Gora was joined in the senior spotlight by fellow captain and running back Alex Giuffrida (95 yards on 14 carries, 1 TD); wideout Ayvion Prak (six catches, 69 yards, 1 TD); receiver Grady Hudson (two catches, 60 yards, 1 TD); running back Alec Prescott (9-yard TD run); and receiver Adam Jones, who capped off the Broncos’ scoring by hauling in a pass with one hand along the left sideline and going in for a 43-yard touchdown with 51.5 seconds left.

“We have 27 seniors and they all played tonight,” Alvirne coach Tarek Rothe said. “I’m proud of the all of them, some who see a lot of playing time and many that are on the scout team and don’t get a lot of time on the field.

“It was great to see everyone get a chance, but Senior Night can be a bit of distraction because everyone’s so amped up and things can sometimes get out of hand.”

Some of that excitement may have contributed to the Broncos’ 13 penalties. None of them ended up costing a significant role in the game as Alvirne built a 21-0 halftime lead, but they were mistakes Rothe wants to see eliminated as the team gears up for the postseason.

“You can understand how it happens, but we need to make sure we eliminate those penalties before they become costly,” Rothe said.

The passing attack continues to be an effective weapon for the Broncos, causing a wealth of problems for opposing secondaries.

“We have a really good quarterback and a solid core of receivers,” Rothe said. “And when we’re effective in the passing game, it really helps to open up the run game as well and give us a lot of different looks.”

It’s certainly been a winning formula for the Broncos.